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The Worldwide Quest Blog

Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

A Three-Toucan Day at Tikal

By: Jean Iron
Toucans are a New World family of splendid looking birds whose enormous colourful bills are adapted to eating small berries and other fruit. Seeing all three species of toucans found in Belize and Guatemala was a common goal for the members of our latest tour there in March 2014. The conspicuous Keel-billed Toucan is the largest of the three, and is the national bird of Belize. We saw Ke...

My Favourite Ethiopian Moments

By: Laurielle Penny
When I set off to visit Ethiopia last November, it raised eyebrows even in an office where we’re famous for always travelling to ‘off the beaten track’ destinations. Since then so many of our travellers have asked me for my impressions and I’ve loved talking about the country and my experiences. To get the word out, I thought I’d resort to the famous (infamous?) top 1...

Approaching Wildlife with a Camera

By: Tony Beck
When close to wild animals, it's natural for us to get excited. Imagine the thrill when a Red Fox bolts out of the forest and crosses the trail, or a Scarlet Tanager perches in front of you at eye level. But if you're after an aesthetically pleasing photo, overwhelming excitement can distract you from making proper photographic choices. Simple things like crooked horizons or annoying backgroun...

O Canada! In Myanmar

By: Paula Swart
      The Story Behind the Photo:  I always bring a Canadian flag when I travel to Myanmar. We were staying at the Aureum Palace, which is located on the grounds of the former Governor of Burma' Residence in Pwin Oo Lwin (formerly known as Maymyo.) During the hot summer months, the British Colonial Government would move from Rangoon to Maymyo because of its coole...

Jaguars Are Invisible, or So I Thought!

By: Dave Euler
Never in my wildest dreams, or in my 30 years as a wildlife biologist, or even in my years of traveling in South America, did I think I would see a real, live, wild Jaguar.  Jaguars are elusive nocturnal hunters, shy and wary.  They are seen by very few people as they hunt for agoutis, hares and peccaries.  Furthermore, when our Brazilian guide told us we had a chance to see th...

An Update from Vietnam

By: Samantha Clark
A group of hungry explorers are currently learning about the flavours of Vietnam on a culinary tour. One client, Lynette shared her fresh experiences and photos with us! 'Thought you would like to see a few pictures of us today trekking though the communities of Cat Cat and Sin Chai in the Sapa area after our second cooking class. The exercise was great after eating our amazing lunch which w...